Yesterday the great and the good of the art world descended on Tate Modern for the press preview of Damien Hirst’s much-anticipated retrospective. The work on show spans more than two decades with many of his greatest hits from pickled sharks to pill bottles and the famous diamond-encrusted skull. Expect po-faced editorials and furious radio phone-ins on the subject, but in terms of dragging conceptualism into the mainstream Hirst’s legacy is hard to quibble with.
Kudos to Channel 4 for a couple of excellent programmes to coincide with the launch and for this interactive look-round what is sure to be one of the most talked-about shows of 2012. It’s only available for a week which is an interesting angle on the online-offline gallery debate. Have a look, and arm yourself for the inevitable debates it will cause.
The show runs until September.
- Cleon Peterson's works continue to investigate the evil side of humanity
- Winsor & Newton lifts the lid on the secret tricks of every artist's trade
- Calypso Mahieu’s photography makes the simplest things sexy (some NSFW)
- Foster Huntington’s stop-motion short of an 80s Californian skate off
- Dax Norman’s weird and wobbly animations with “cigarettes and eyeballs a plenty”
- Photographer Evija Laivina explores the ridiculous reality of the beauty industry
- Hate the iPhone X notch? There’s an app for that
- Lisa Simpson’s bookshelf: from the curator of Instagram’s Simpsons Library
- Biplab Hazra’s photo of elephants being attacked by mob wins Sanctuary prize
- Michael Bierut: 13 ways of looking at a typeface
- Uncle Ginger uses hypnotic shapes to animate the facts and feelings of bipolar disorder
- Michel Gondry’s John Lewis Christmas advert – Moz the Monster – is unveiled